Vicente Padilla's season might be over

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Dodgers at Astros, 4:05 p.m.

  • Rafael Furcal, SS

  • Ryan Theriot, 2B

  • Casey Blake, 3B

  • Matt Kemp, CF

  • Jay Gibbons, LF

  • John Lindsey, 1B

  • Reed Johnson, RF

  • A.J. Ellis, C

  • John Ely, P

Vicente Padilla has perhaps already made his final start as a Dodger. He was scratched today from his Sunday start with a recurrence of the bulging disc in his neck, and Joe Torre told reporters that he didn't expect Padilla to return soon – and the season doesn't have much more than soon left.

Padilla has pitched 95 innings for the Dodgers this year, 54 2/3 of them in an eight-start stretch in which he had a 1.32 ERA. The rest of his 2010 Dodger season has consisted of 40 1/3 innings with 35 earned runs allowed (7.81 ERA).

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